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Montana Free Press: Democrat ousted from Congress warns party faithful
Montana Free Press: Democrat ousted from Congress warns party faithful (July 17, 2019)

Montana Democrats got a political reality check at their rules convention.


'These cases should never have been brought': Water Protector Legal Collective wraps up #NoDAPL work
'These cases should never have been brought': Water Protector Legal Collective wraps up #NoDAPL work (February 7, 2019)

The criminal cases connected to the Dakota Access Pipeline have concluded in North Dakota, two years after the Trump administration gave the final approval for the controversial project.


'It's open season': Few answers at hearing on missing and murdered
'It's open season': Few answers at hearing on missing and murdered (December 13, 2018)

Federal law enforcement officials have admitted a 'problem' exists in Indian Country -- too many people go missing and are murdered every year.


Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump
Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump (December 11, 2018)

Indian energy, Indian education and Indian health are gaining a boost as the 115th Congress comes to a close.


'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country
'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country (December 11, 2018)

Federal law enforcement officials and Native women will be discussing the missing and murdered in Indian Country at a hearing in Washington, D.C.


Hearing scheduled on missing and murdered in Indian Country
Hearing scheduled on missing and murdered in Indian Country (December 5, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be confronting the 'silent crisis' of the missing and the murdered at a hearing on December 12.


Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era
Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era (November 19, 2018)

Two years of Republican control in the nation's capital have resulted in few concrete gains for Indian Country.


Cronkite News: Report looks at missing and murdered sisters
Cronkite News: Report looks at missing and murdered sisters (November 15, 2018)

On November 14, 1992, a Native American woman was found murdered in Tucson, and 26 years later her name is still not known.


Bill to address missing and murdered sisters scheduled for action
Bill to address missing and murdered sisters scheduled for action (November 12, 2018)

Savanna's Act represents a first step to address what Native women are calling an epidemic.


Native women headed to Congress for first time after historic election
Native women headed to Congress for first time after historic election (November 7, 2018)

Sharice Davids in Kansas and Deb Haaland in New Mexico became the first Native women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.


Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation
Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation (November 6, 2018)

Election Day is finally here and Native candidates across the nation are hoping to secure victory at the polls in what has become a landmark year for the Native vote.


Native women thank Heidi Heitkamp on eve of critical election
Native women thank Heidi Heitkamp on eve of critical election (November 5, 2018)

Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat from North Dakota, stands up for Native American women.


Spirit Lake Nation challenges restrictive voter law on eve of election
Spirit Lake Nation challenges restrictive voter law on eve of election (October 31, 2018)

Native voters are continuing to fight the state of North Dakota's restrictive voter identification law.


Tristan Ahtone: Democrats can't take Native voters for granted
Tristan Ahtone: Democrats can't take Native voters for granted (October 30, 2018)

Democrats have had many opportunities to be true allies to indigenous people. Instead, they have saved their anger for when it suited their needs.


High Country News: Tribes unite to protect their voting rights
High Country News: Tribes unite to protect their voting rights (October 30, 2018)

After an eleventh-hour decision that could disqualify many Native American voters, tribal governments find their own solutions.


Jacqueline Keeler: Tribes are mobilizing to protect and get out the Native vote
Jacqueline Keeler: Tribes are mobilizing to protect and get out the Native vote (October 29, 2018)

Native voters in North and South Dakota embrace the value of their vote since Standing Rock.


'Open letter' with names of Native survivors roils Senate race
'Open letter' with names of Native survivors roils Senate race (October 17, 2018)

A campaign ad featuring the names of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape has Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on the defensive.


Tribes alarmed after Supreme Court refuses to help Native voters
Tribes alarmed after Supreme Court refuses to help Native voters (October 11, 2018)

Thousands of Native voters in North Dakota will be disenfranchised ahead of a critical election unless they take action to protect their rights.


Native voters ask Supreme Court to intervene ahead of key election
Native voters ask Supreme Court to intervene ahead of key election (October 3, 2018)

Native voters have filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court after losing a case affecting their rights in North Dakota.


Native voters dealt setback ahead of key Senate election
Native voters dealt setback ahead of key Senate election (September 25, 2018)

A divided federal appeals court has dealt a setback to Native voters who say North Dakota laws discriminate against them.


Second defendant goes on trial for murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman
Second defendant goes on trial for murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman (September 17, 2018)

Savanna Marie Greywind has been symbolic of the epidemic of missing and murdered Native women and girls.


Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk
Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk (September 11, 2018)

President Donald Trump's reputation in Indian Country is often in the dumps even as Congress keeps giving him pro-tribal bills to sign.


Associated Press runs series on 'Missing in Indian Country'
Associated Press runs series on 'Missing in Indian Country' (September 5, 2018)

Indigenous women and girls are going missing and murdered at alarming rates.


The missing and murdered: 'We as Native women are hunted'
The missing and murdered: 'We as Native women are hunted' (August 27, 2018)

Native women are being murdered and sexually assaulted at far higher rates than other American women.


Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade
Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade (July 3, 2018)

A school on the Navajo Nation went without fire protection systems for more than a decade and the problem still hasn't been completely fixed.


'She's a woman ... you know, a female': Rep. Kevin Cramer explains Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
'She's a woman ... you know, a female': Rep. Kevin Cramer explains Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (June 12, 2018)

It's primary day in North Dakota and one Republican candidate is making some unusual comments about the incumbent Democrat's gender.


Native vote at issue as North Dakota faulted for 'discriminatory' law
Native vote at issue as North Dakota faulted for 'discriminatory' law (May 31, 2018)

Native voters in North Dakota continue to fight for their rights amid repeated attempts to limit their participation.


'She chose oil over Indians': Native voters upset with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
'She chose oil over Indians': Native voters upset with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (May 29, 2018)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp did not join the #NoDAPL movement like many of her fellow Democrats. She may pay for it the polls in North Dakota.


Jacqueline Keeler: The search continues for Olivia Lone Bear in North Dakota
Jacqueline Keeler: The search continues for Olivia Lone Bear in North Dakota (May 8, 2018)

Native families grapple with scant support to locate their missing loved ones.


Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters
Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters (April 26, 2018)

Efforts continue in the nation's capital to raise awareness of the large numbers of Native women and girls who go missing and murdered every year.


Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill (April 12, 2018)

Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress.


Congress clears bill to bring AMBER Alert funds to Indian Country
Congress clears bill to bring AMBER Alert funds to Indian Country (March 26, 2018)

A bill that was born out of tragedy in Indian Country has cleared its final hurdle in the 115th Congress.


Bureau of Indian Affairs strips blood quantum from proposed Johnson O'Malley rule
Bureau of Indian Affairs strips blood quantum from proposed Johnson O'Malley rule (March 23, 2018)

Depending how you look at it, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is either catching up with old business or making things more complicated for the popular Johnson O'Malley education program.


Defendant sentenced for kidnapping and murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman
Defendant sentenced for kidnapping and murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman (February 2, 2018)

One of two defendants charged in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Savanna Marie Greywind, a young citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation, was sentenced for her role in the crime.


Sorry but that 'talking stick' used in the Senate isn't Native American
Sorry but that 'talking stick' used in the Senate isn't Native American (January 24, 2018)

A 'talking stick' that became the talk of the media and certain corners of the internet isn't Native, The New York Times said in a correction to a widely-read story.


Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight
Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight (December 22, 2017)

The cultural assault on sexual misconduct in America is moving beyond the halls of Capitol Hill and Hollywood and into Indian Country.


Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration
Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration (December 5, 2017)

Thanks to bipartisan support from lawmakers, bills to improve public safety in Indian Country are advancing in Congress despite limited commitments from the Trump administration.


Search continues for Native woman who went missing on reservation in North Dakota
Search continues for Native woman who went missing on reservation in North Dakota (November 6, 2017)

Tribal police, family, friends and supporters are searching for Olivia Lone Bear, a 32-year-old mother who went missing on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.


Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice
Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice (October 26, 2017)

The last time the Department of Justice went before Congress to discuss Indian issues, the affair didn't go so well.


Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women (October 5, 2017)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally killed.


Senate committee advances bill to update Johnson O'Malley education program
Senate committee advances bill to update Johnson O'Malley education program (October 4, 2017)

A bipartisan bill to update the Johnson-O'Malley Program and ensure more adequate funding for Indian students is inching forward on Capitol Hill.


Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims
Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims (September 27, 2017)

The Department of Justice continues to resist calls to collect more data on trafficking of Native Americans despite pressure from advocates for Native women and key members of Congress.


Cronkite News: Republican health bill collapses as Democrats air concerns about tribes
Cronkite News: Republican health bill collapses as Democrats air concerns about tribes (September 27, 2017)

Senate leaders abandoned their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying they would turn their attention to tax reform after key GOP defections doomed the health care proposal.


Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office
Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office (September 11, 2017)

A controversial Indian energy bill that faced intense opposition during the Obama era is on the agenda again only this time it might get a friendlier reception from the White House.


North Dakota secures $10 million in federal funds to pay for #NoDAPL response
North Dakota secures $10 million in federal funds to pay for #NoDAPL response (August 15, 2017)

The state of North Dakota has secured a $10 million in federal funds to pay for its often brutal response to the #NoDAPL movement.


Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement
Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement (August 2, 2017)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is known as an outspoken advocate for Indian Country's most vulnerable, particularly youth, but her efforts don't extend to the #NoDAPL movement.


Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response
Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response (May 19, 2017)

A $15 million appropriation funds a program that is open to states, but not tribal governments.


Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army'
Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army' (May 17, 2017)

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) added monies to the Department of Justice’s budget for FY 2017 to reimburse North Dakota for incurred costs.


Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule
Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule (May 12, 2017)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, as well as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, support a federal regulation that carries environmental and economic benefits in Indian Country.


Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth
Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth (May 3, 2017)

The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children is slowly getting off the ground.


Crow Tribe supports legislation to make coal tax credit permanent
Crow Tribe supports legislation to make coal tax credit permanent (May 2, 2017)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to extend the Indian Coal Production Credit to spur economic development on and near reservations.


North Dakota gains financially with completion of Dakota Access
North Dakota gains financially with completion of Dakota Access (March 2, 2017)

The $110 million in taxes are more than enough to account for the $22 million that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) said was spent on law enforcement in the past few months.


Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (February 17, 2017)

It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.


Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates
Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates (February 13, 2017)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't support tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians while Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price wants to dismantle Obamacare.


Democrats blast President Trump for ignoring Native opposition to pipelines
Democrats blast President Trump for ignoring Native opposition to pipelines (January 24, 2017)

Tribes thought Keystone XL was long dead and they have been preparing to deal the same fate to Dakota Access as part of a new environmental review.


Sen. Heidi Heitkamp again parts with Indian Country on #NoDAPL movement
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp again parts with Indian Country on #NoDAPL movement (December 5, 2016)

Key Democrats in Congress are joining Indian Country in celebrating the historic decision to deny an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline but one lawmaker isn't on board.


Sen. Heidi Heitkamp considers role in Donald Trump administration
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp considers role in Donald Trump administration (December 1, 2016)

Controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline has caused the lawmaker to veer from her role as an outspoken advocate for Indian issues.


Authorities crack down on #NoDAPL treaty camp in North Dakota
Authorities crack down on #NoDAPL treaty camp in North Dakota (October 28, 2016)

Resisters were sprayed with mace, harassed by police officers and some suffered injured in the largest confrontation to date.


Obama administration hails increase in Indian student graduation rates
Obama administration hails increase in Indian student graduation rates (October 17, 2016)

According to the White House, 71.6 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives completed high school, a big improvement from just a few years ago.


President Obama signs Native youth commission bill into law
President Obama signs Native youth commission bill into law (October 14, 2016)

More so than any other president, Barack Obama has maintained a strong connection with Native youth.